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of trayvon martin, a jury in a criminal trial finally heard evidence about what happened on that rainy night in sanford, florida. it was a dramatic and emotional day in court. the jury heard testimony from four eyewitnesses. four witnesses, ending just moments ago. they were not eyewitnesses. let me correct myself. they were witnesses. the day started with an opening statement from prosecutor john guy that caught many by surprise. he quoted george zimmerman's own words, including profanity during a call to police the night of trayvon martin's death. he quoted zimmerman to lay out the prosecution's case. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> [ bleep ] punks. these [ bleep ], they always get away. those were the words in that grown man's mouth as he followed in the dark a 17-year-old boy who he didn't know. and excuse my language, but those were his words, not mine. [ bleep ] punks. these [ bleep ], they always get away. those were the words in that defendant's head just moments before he pressed that pistol into trayvon martin's chest and pulled the trigger. and then as the smoke and the smell
their words in. turning it into trayvon martin was profiled. we turn to the latest on that and the other key developments. this captivating testimony, what stood out to you? >> there were a number of thi s things. this is a young lady going up against don west. they were going toe-to-toe. west was able to question the credibility of some of the statements she made implying she said certain things in testimony. she was saying something different when she got on the witness stand. sometimes it was the words she attributed to george zimmerman. sometimes she left out the racial remarks. it went back and forth like that. other times, it was less about the testimony and more about a test of wills. take a listen. >> so the last thing you heard was some kind of noise like something hitting somebody? >> trayvon got hit -- >> you don't know that, do you? >> no, sir. >> you don't know that trayvon got hit. you don't know that trayvon didn't, at that moment, take his fist and drive it into george zimmerman's face, do you? >> no, sir. >> the no, sir could be interpreted as she didn't know that, but deny
that you heard trayvon martin say "a little, get off, get off"? >> yes, sir. >> is that correct did you say that? >> yes, sir. >> in the meeting that you had, the conversation that you had with miss fulton on march 19th, before you did the interview later, and in the written statement that you prepared for miss fulton, a personal statement, in neither of those instances did you say that you heard trayvon martin say as you said later," a little get off get off," correct? >> yes, sir. >> that's because you didn't think it was that important at that point? >> crump asked me about when the fight started in the grass, he didn't ask me about that. he asked me about that. >> so, when you decided what part of what you knew to tell miss fulton, you decided not to tell her that part? >> your honor, objection. >> i'm not sure that was her answer so you need to reask the question. i believe she said they never asked her that. >> all right. i'm asking about this witness's thinking. so when you decided what part of the information that you had about the events on the evening of february 26th, you decided
that person's name to be trayvon martin? >> that's correct. >> and did you go over to trayvon martin's location? >> i walked towards it, yes. >> and how was trayvon martin's body positioned when you arrived? >> face down, his hands were underneath the body. >> and to your knowledge, were you the first officer to approach trayvon martin? >> yes. >> all right. did you know whether or not he was dead or alive at that point? >> i did not. >> did you know what his involvement was at that point? >> i did not. >> did you give him any commands, trayvon martin? >> yes, i did. >> what commands did you give him? >> i asked to see his hands. >> and where were his hands when you asked to see them? >> underneath him. >> he was lying on his stomach? >> correct. >> did trayvon martin respond physically in any way to your commands? >> no, he did not. >> did trayvon martin respond verbally in any way to your commands? >> no, he did not. >> did you see any movement from trayvon martin's body? >> i did not. >> did you hear any sounds from trayvon martin's body? >> i did not. >> did other sanford police
it in the voice of every 911 caller in the final moments of trayvon martin's young life. >> a person is dead laying on the ground. oh, my god. >> february 26, 2012. 17-year-old trayvon martin buys some skittles and ice tea, walks through a community of town homes where he is staying with his father. that's where he catches the attention of neighborhood watch volunteer, george zimmerman. >> these [bleep], they always get away. >> he was watching trayvon martin walking alone. >> this guy looks like he is up to no good or he's on drugs or something. >> less than a minute later, he gets out of his car. >> are you following him? >> yeah. >> okay, we don't need you to do that. >> okay. >> then a few minutes later, there's another call. >> 911, do you need police, fire, medical? >> maybe both, i'm not sure, there's someone screaming outside. >> in the background, listen for the sound of a fight and panicked voice yelling for help. >> is it a male or female? >> sounds like a male. >> you don't know why? >> i don't know why, i think they're yelling help but i don't know. just send someone quick, plea
attributed to george zimmerman. sometimes she left out the racial remarks that trayvon martin made of zimmerman. it went back and forth like that. and other times it seemed like it became less about the testimony and more about a test of wills. take a listen. >> so the last thing you heard was some kind of noise, like something hitting somebody? >> trayvon got hit. >> you don't know that, do you? >> no. >> you don't know that trayvon got hit. >> he -- >> you don't know that trayvon at that moment take his fist and drive it into george zimmerman's face, do you? >> no, sir. >> reporter: the no sir could be interpreted is that she's denying what don west is saying. it went back and forth. >> her testimony today, there were a lot of questions and clarifying about race. how did that play out? >> reporter: well, you know, race, of course, has been a key factor in this story ever since the beginning. in fact, many say that's what took it from a local tragedy and propelled it to a national debate. but today what don west was trying to say is look, it's been george zimmerman that's been por
of george zimmerman. the young woman trayvon martin was speaking with on the phone moments before he was killed. joining us now, msnbc legal analyst lisa bloom. you've been listening to rachel testify. has she proven to be a credible witness so far, or has the admitted lie that she was not actually at the funeral and the reasons why she was not at the funeral undone her somewhat? >> she's certainly credible so far, but it's only been her direct examination. the proof will come in the cross-examination. she tells a story very different from george zimmerman's story. that's why she's on the stand. she says she's on the phone with trayvon martin in those final moments before his confrontation with george zimmerman. she said george zimmerman -- i'm sorry, that trayvon martin used a couple racial epithets in reference to george zimmerman. this is the first time i've ever heard that. she said trayvon martin said he was being followed, that he was concerned about it. she heard the phone dropping. she heard the sound of wet grass. the last thing she heard from trayvon martin was, get off, ge
-old trayvon martin as he walked home from a 7-eleven. >> did you see any movement from trayvon martin's body as you approached him? >> no, sir, i did not. >> reporter: pictures of trayvon martin and the infamous hoodie that he was wearing were shown in court today, it was almost too much for his mother. george zimmerman, who has been staying in hiding, gained over 100 pounds. the 29-year-old became a divisive symbol of racism. it all started when martin was walking in a gated community where his father was staying, having purchased a drink and skittles. it was there that he captured the attention of george zimmerman, neighborhood watchman, who called police. >> this guy looks like he is up to no good, it is raining, he is just out walking about. >> reporter: one of the most important questions in the case is what happened after the operator said this? >> are you following him? >> yeah. >> okay, we don't need you to do that. >> reporter: did zimmerman continue to follow him, or did he just give the address? >> i didn't see a street sign here, but i knew if i went straight through, that is the
to bring up, there was a very close relationship between the prosecution and trayvon martin's family, but also, their attorney benjamin crump. in fact, when the initial interview took place with authorities, that young lady was sitting in the home of trayvon martin's mother and seated next to her when she gave that first testimony was sabrina, trayvon martin's mother. so they are trying to imply that her testimony could have actually been encouraged or somehow interfered with just by having trayvon's mother right next to her. >> another witness called is jenna lower. she made one of the 911 calls. jurors heard her call, the yelling and the gunshots. what did she say that was so important? >> that's the thing, what she had to say really was not so important. she didn't bring such dynamic or anything new, but of course her call everybody knows. if she hadn't made the call at the seem she did, you never could have caught the gunshot and the screams that are at the center of such a huge debate in this case. it allowed for her call to be introduced, but she really didn't bring too much. >
's lead, the grueling cross-examination of trayvon martin's friend. day 14 in george zimmerman's murder trial, the defense finally wrapped up its questioning of rachel jeantel, the 19-year-old who was on the phone with trayvon martin moments before he was killed. this cross-examination lasted five hours over two days. also today, testimony from the neighbor who made the 911 call, where loud screaming can be heard, and then a gunshot. jurors heard her account of that scream. and today another witness testified she saw george zimmerman on top of trayvon martin after the altercation. she is the third witness to say so. but for most of the day, rachel jeantel faced questions from the zimmerman defense team. and they tried to undermine her story. the defense repeatedly raised questions about her version of events, but she did not waiver from her testimony that trayvon martin did not confront george zimmerman. >> he said why are you following me for, didn't he? >> no, sir, not that kind of way, sir. >> it was just a question, hey, mister, why are you following me for? >> he say hey, mister, w
a scuffle with trayvon martin. >> i see the person right now. i see him walking. there's a man coming out. he's come out with a flashlight. oh, my god. i don't know what he did to this person. >> i'm brooke baldwin. special cnn live coverage starts special cnn live coverage starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> here we go on this wednesday afternoon. i'm brooke baldwin. good to be with you. we begin with voices in the night. two figures wrestling in the rain. one voice dominant, agitated, male. the other voice softer, answering the first, crying out. then suddenly this pop, pop, pop. the killing of trayvon martin as described by a woman who saw it from the vantage point of a second story bedroom window. take a look at this. in the very same townhome complex where george zimmerman lived and overlooking the courtyard where trayvon martin died. today that neighbor became the very first person to tell the six female jurors what she witnessed on that rainy night. james sadirka is an unemployed recreation therapist and former middle schoolteacher. she says she heard voices
, testify in the george zimmerman trial. she was actually on the phone with trayvon martin when he was shot. when she takes the stand, we'll bring it to you live. we'll also discuss what's already happened today in court. >>> and this -- >> i would never, never, and i can truthfully say in my life, i have never with any intention hurt anybody on purpose and i never would. >> was it a help or hurt moment? paula deen gives her first live interview since admitting to using racial slurs. hear more of the interview as another company drops did her. >>> and you can join our conversation on twitter. you can find us @tamronhall and @newsnation. we'll be right back. here was a l to help protect your eye health as you age... would you take it? well, there is. [ male announcer ] it's called ocuvite. a vitamin dedicated to your eyes, from bausch + lomb. as you age, eyes can lose vital nutrients. ocuvite helps replenish key eye nutrients. ocuvite is uniquely formulated to help protect your eye health. now that's a pill worth taking. [ male announcer ] ocuvite. help protect your eye health. and now there
and killed the unarmed teenager trayvon martin admissible during the court trial. george howell is outside the courthouse in sanford, florida. prosecutors want the tapes played. the defense says no. what's the argument here? >> reporter: defense attorneys don't want those tapes to be admitted into this case. here is why. they believe if tprosecutors ge the tapes in front of jurors they will show there's a pattern and suggest there's a growing frustration within george zimmerman and when he met trayvon martin that's the person that wouldn't get away. they are worried if they admit these other calls it would confuse the jury in this case. i want you to listen to one of these audio tapes. >> i was just calling because we've had a lot of break ins and i'm on the neighborhood watch. there's two suspicious characters at the gate of my neighborhood. i've never seen them before. i have no idea what they are doing. they are just hanging out, loitering. >> could you describe the two individuals? >> two african-american males. >> when you listen to all of these 911 calls, zimmerman's tone is always p
's murder trial saw pictures of trayvon martin's body for the first time. trayvon martin's mother had to turn away when the pictures were shown. you might want to do that, too, when we show the pictures later in the show. >> breaking news from the supreme court, the decision part of the voting rights act. >> the supreme court strikes down the key enforcement mechanism. >> the court struck down the map. >> gutting the landmark voting rights act. >> becomes a game. >> how do we write the modern map? >> it means it punts back to congress. >> the president is going to have to own this. >> how likely do you think congress will do something like that? >> i don't think they're mature enough. >> it took us almost 100 years to get where we are today. >> renewed four times, most recently in 2006. >> every time it comes up for reauthorization we got support. >> you have, in many ways, revoked a lot of what was gain understand the civil rights movement. >> will it take another 100 years to fix it. >> >> last time, strom thurmond voted on it. >> because of the election of the first black president
emotion at testimony about trayvon martin's final moments and a legal battle over the 911 tapes. from six months before the 911 tapes that were recorded before the shooting, recordings the state believes will speak to george zimmerman's state of mind to his unjustified suspicion, they say, of trayvon martin. first, the latest on everything that happened today from martin savidge who joins us now. what new evidence did we hear today in the courtroom? >> reporter: it was photographs, anderson. i've seen all the photographs in this case, but i had not seen these before. these were photographs of the body of trayvon martin laying on the ground. i don't care who you are, they have a strong impact to see a young person you know lying lifeless on the ground. so clearly it would impact the jurors and it impacted everyone else. we saw the gun that george zimmerman used, that's the cal tech 9. and then we saw the sweatshirt, very powerful. that's not a piece of evidence to the family, it's an icon. it represents the racial profiling they believe george zimmerman is guilty of. >> the sergeants gave
-wrenching testimony in the george zimmerman trial. the cop who tried to save trayvon martin's life takes the stand. >>> plus, mr. zimmerman's past calls to police about suspicious characters. what do they say about his frame of mind? and will the jury be allowed to hear them? and remember, i want to hear from you. send me your e-mails. reply al is coming. stay with us. i want to make things more secure. [ whirring ] [ dog barks ] i want to treat more dogs. ♪ our business needs more cases. [ male announcer ] where do you want to take your business? i need help selling art. [ male announcer ] from broadband to web hosting to mobile apps, small business solutions from at&t have the security you need to get you there. call us. we can show you how at&t solutions can help you do what you do... even better. ♪ >>> have you joined the "politicsnation" conversation on facebook yet? you'll be glad you did. today our audience was talking about all sorts of topics, from the supreme court ruling to the zimmerman trial. in fact, thousands of you watched the zimmerman hearings live today via our facebook page
're doing here. so you were in the bathroom, and because of what trayvon martin was saying, you were paying more attention at this moment than you had been previously? >> yes, sir. >> and that you knew at this point that he had run and that he had lost the man. correct? >> yes, sir. >> and that his voice had changed. >> yes, sir. >> and you thought it was because he was tired from running. >> he sound tired, sir. >> and you don't know how far he may have run. >> no, sir. >> objection. >> overruled. that will be the last time for that question. >> you don't know how far he had run? >> no, sir. >> and you have this conversation with him for a couple of minutes, and then he says he sees the man again. >> yes, sir. >> and are you really paying attention now? >> i been paying attention, sir. >> i'm sorry? >> i been paying attention, sir. >> i was -- >> been paying attention, sir. >> so after you are talking to him on the phone, he seems out of breath for a couple of minutes. he says to you, he sees the man again and you pay particular attention now? >> i was been paying attention, sir, when i ha
that are not flattering to trayvon martin. he used despairing language when she spoke of george zimmerman. i think when you take all the testimony into context, that just helps the prosecution because if this jury, carol, believes what she is saying. they will believe that george zimmerman was the initial aggressor. under the law, that means self-defense isn't really a available to him. i think that's why this witness is so very crucial to the prosecution. >> page, as a defense attorney, we've seen that rachel is bei combative. as a defense attorney, what special challenges does that present? >> it does present challenges. you don't want to beat up a witness who is essentially a 19-year-old girl. i expect the jury will come in there already bias towards trayvon. she's a friend towards vavon. what you do as a defense lawyer, don't keep her up there for another two or three hours. hit the key points and show that she's bias and show she has been consistent in her earlier testimony and evidence. >> there are inconsistencies in her story, though, paige. number one, she lied about her age to trayvon martin'
is rachel, she lied about why she did not attend trayvon martin's funeral. she made up a story about having to be at the hospital that day, and then it was later revealed that in fact she was never at the hospital. the defense attorney either don west or mark o'mara on behalf of george zimmerman are going to hammer her hard on why she made this up. of course they will try to persuade the jury that, well, if she made up this about not attending trayvon martin her good friend's funeral, how can you believe these other aspects? taking a listen to another sound byte from the prosecutor successfully getting this witness, the star witness, to really establish that trayvon martin was being pursued by george zimmerman. take a listen. >> i asked him where he at. he told me he at the back of his dad fiancee house, the area where his daddy fiancee house, by his daddy fiancee house. i said, oh you better keep running. he said, na, he lost them. >> certainly not the most effective witness as far as cool, calm and collected on the stand. hof, she did -- however, she did deliver making the points that the
and the girlfriend of trayvon martin? >> yes. >> that wasn't true, was it? >> no -- >> none of it was true. you weren't 16 and you weren't his girlfriend. >> no, it seemed from the text message -- the text message, it seemed like it, because of my text messages between me and trayvon. it seemed like we were in a relationship, girlfriend, and then the phone calls, all the phone calls. yeah. he seen, and so -- >> when you say text messages, are you referring to the texts between you and trayvon martin? >> yes. >> i don't understand what you're saying. sorry. could you explain that again? >> it seemed like a friend texting another friend. it seemed like a relationship between a person and -- >> are you saying that the text messages between you and trayvon martin indicated that you were in a personal intimate relationship? >> yeah. yeah. >> did you give the text messages to anybody in the martin family or mr. crump? >> no. >> did you talk about that with them? >> no. >> you never told them that you were trayvon martin's girlfriend, did you? pinches did you think that you were going to be -- >> no. becaus
testimony approximate the night george zimmerman shot trayvon martin. so we'll get you up to speed on the trial that attracted more and more attention each and every day. we had opening statements and the prosecution argued that zimmerman profiled and murdered trayvon martin. and zimmerman's lawyer claims it was all self defense and slammed later for a courtroom attempt at a homer. and day two, lawyers argued over the admissibility of the police calls he made months before the shooting and they were admitted. and a police official wo worked with zimmerman also testified on day two, and we came to day three. the woman who called 911 and the star witness, the woman on the phone with trayvon martin immediately before the confrontation between the teen and zimmerman. her testimony was compelling if not consistent. and martin when she spoke to him on the phone appeared to be scared and talked about being followed. day four, that same friend returned to the witness stand and challenged by the defense about the inconsistencies and she was rather formal and different rachel that we saw. to
the letter. >> were you uing the words that trayvon martin spoke? >> what? >> when you told her what happened, did you use the words that trayvon martin spoke? >> being followed? >> no, about the -- >> no. >> you cleaned it up, in other words? >> yeah. he was just being followed. >> you just said a man was following him. >> yes. i didn't go -- she had asked -- i didn't tell any detail. i just told her that testifies being followed. >> uh-huh. and did you -- did you basically explain the short form. >> yeah. >> the short version that you had cleaned up the language and you had beak said he was being followed? >> that's it. >> and then did you -- >> that is it. he was just being followed. >> and did you tell her that you thought it was just a fight? >> yes. >> did you tell her that trayvon martin had said -- >> no, i didn't tell her that. >> but you told her that -- >> i told her on the on the text -- not on the text but on the letter. >> and the letter is something that you and your friend wrote down? >> yes. >> and that was a letter that you thought you might be able to give to. >> that was p
-examination for trayvon martin's friend who was on the phone with him when the confrontation unfolded. rachel jeantel probably made an impression on you and some think maybe the wrong impression on jurors. today, there appeared to be changes. more on the attitude adjustment and all the other big developments tonight from martin savidge. >> reporter: round two of the clash in the courtroom between the star witness and veteran defense attorney. it started out nice enough, rachel jeantel seemed to have adopted a more respectful tone. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: but it wasn't long before her yes, sirs seemed to take on a sharper edge. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: defense attorney don west was out to discredit her testimony that george zimmerman was the aggressor and pointed to numerous changes in her story in previous accounts including a letter to trayvon's mother, describing what she heard. in it, she left out trayvon's derogatory racial language. >> you specifically chose not to tell ms. fulton that's what trayvon said. >> no. >> because you thought it would hurt her feelings, didn't you? >> no. >> you did
advice he's giving deen. >>> a second straight day of cross examination for trayvon martin's friend who was on the phone with him when the confrontation unfolded. rachel jeantel probably made an impression on you and some think maybe the wrong impression on jurors. the big developments from martin salve individual. >> reporter: wound two of the clash in the courtroom between the star witness and veteran defense attorney. it started out nice enough, rachel jeantel seemed to have adopted a more respectful tone. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: but it wasn't long before her yes, sirs seemed to take on a sharper edge. >> yes, sir. >> reporter: defense attorney don west was out to discredit her testimony that george zimmerman was the aggressor and pointed to numerous changes in her story in pref juvious accou including a letter to trayvon's mom describing what she heard and left out the derogatory language. >> you specifically chose not to tell ms. fulton that's what trayvon said. >> no. >> because you thought it would hurt her feelings, didn't you? >> no. >> you didn't think that would bother her,
asked you about that trayvon martin was running away from the person? >> yes, sir. >> and you also made reference that trayvon martin said the man -- described him as a creepy white -- >> object. object. that is at this point beyond the scope of the cross examination and not responsive to one of the issues raised during the cross and it's also leading. >> overruled to the first two objections. as to the leading, i will give a little leeway to get a frame of reference and then make sure your questions aren't leading. >> yes, your honor. my question is, do you recall mr. west asking you that trayvon martin referred to the man that was following him as a creepy white crapper? >> yes. >> objection. >> i didn't say that. that's a mischaracterization of the testimony. >> sustained because i think the words were creepy ass cracker. >> were the words -- pardon me language, were the words creepy ass cracker? >> yes, sir. >> do you recall mr. west asking you about that. >> yes, sir. >> and also -- and to you is that a derogatory -- is that the way people speak in your culture, your age group? >>
and trayvon martin were old friends, and contrary to reports, they were only friends. >> you weren't in any way his girlfriend? >> no. >> reporter: the two reconnected just weeks before trayvon martin's death. on the night he died from the other end of the phone line, she was, in a sense, within earshot of the tragedy as it unfolded. that's why she's the state's star witness, the only one they think who can tell trayvon's side of the story. >> what was he complaining about? >> that a man kept watching him. >> reporter: it was clear from the start she does not relish her new found fame, mumbling her answers. the court reporter had to keep stopping for clarification, and the defense complained repeatedly. >> give your answers as slowly and clearly and as loudly as you can. >> reporter: she painted a picture of a teenager feeling threatened, and on the run from a strange man. >> i asked him how the man looked like. he looked like a creepy ass cracker. >> let me make sure we got that. creepy -- >> ass cracker. >> yeah. is that what you recall him saying? >> yes. >> does that to you mean like a
. trayvon martin's friend takes the stand for the second day. the teenage girl who has a unique way of making sir sound like an insult. >> he did not tell me that, sir, he just told me he trying to get home, sir, but the man was still following -- following him, sir. >> and the last moment of trayvon martin's life captured on a chilling 911 call. >> do you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> there is gunshots. >>> we'll break down today's testimony and more on the woman everyone has been watching and talking about. >> yes, sir. no, sir. yes, sir. no, sir. yes, sir. >>> who is rachel jeantel? also, one of the 27 nfl players charged with a crime since the super bowl. >> despite the fact he has a fiancee and a baby and is a homeowner, he also has a means to flee and a bracelet won't stop him and not the $250,000. denying the bail. >> does the nfl have an image problem, or will the fans forgive as they normally do? >>> i want to begin with the teenage girl, rachel jeantel took the stand today for a second day and face add heated cross-examination from the defense. >> if you thought it w
. their own witness says the teenager, trayvon martin, was on top in the scuffle that unfolded before the neighborhood watchman shot him dead. the father of the fugitive surveillance leaker ed snowden says he is confident his son could soon return to the united states but there's a huge catch. >> president obama spoke about possibly visiting the civil rights icon nelson mandela, who remains in critical condition in a south african hospital. we'll explain why activists are demanding obama get out of south africa. all ahead unless breaking news changes everything on "studio b." >> first from fox at 3:00, another key witness for the prosecution in the george zimmerman murder trial, painting a vivid picture of the violence suffered just moments before the shooting that killed trayvon martin, and he said that one person was on top of the other, and that he could see the colors of their clothing. >> the color of clothing on top, what could you see? >> it was dark. >> how about the color of clothing at the bottom? >> i believe it was a light white or red color. >> so that means the teenager,
to be trayvon martin was on top, correct? >> correct. >> and he was raining blows on the person on the bottom, george zimmerman, right? >> that's what it looked like. >> reporter: he was watching from his patio about 15 to 20 feet away. zimmerman that night was wearing a red and blackjack et, martin a dark hooded sweatshirt. >> the color of clothing on top, what could you see? >> it was dark. >> okay. how about the color of clothing on the bottom. >> i believe it was white or red color. >> reporter: that's not all good says she saw. he witnessed physical blows being thrown and mix the marshall arts. >> what you saw was the person on top in an mma style straddle position, correct? >> correct. >> that was further described, was it not, as being ground and pound? >> correct. >> reporter: good also testified about one more key question, that voice screaming for help in the darkness he believes belonged to zimmerman. >> the voice screaming for help however many times that you heard it, it was just one person's joyce? >> when i heard it outside? i believe it was just one person's voice, yes. >> and
at the george zimmerman/trayvon martin murder trial. >> the person who you now know to be trayvon martin was on top, correct? >> correct. >> as a key witness takes the stand, we will have complete courtroom analysis. >> anybody who tries to inject race into it is wrong. >> laura: after trayvon martin's friend uses racially charged language on the witness stand the martin family lawyer suddenly claims race is not a factor in the case, but it wasn't always that way. >> he was executed for wwb, nagc. walking while black in a gated community. >> we have a debate. >> if there is someone saw what i worked for and they had wanted it. >> laura: paula deen's cookbooks are flying off the shelves as her fans race to her defense. is this the beginning of a come back for the star chef? caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> laura: hi, i'm laura ingraham in for bill o'reilly. racial tensions in the trayvon martin trial that the subject of this evening's talking points memo. you probably heard testimony of rachel jeantel who was on the phone with him right bef
and killed trayvon martin. george is howell outside the court in sanford florida. jane velez-mitchell is joining us from new york. george, zimmerman's neighbor, george good, he's a state witness but he corroborates zimmerman's story he was being pummelled in that fight. tell us about the testimony that occurred today. we don't have george. maybe jane can brief us. are you there? >> i am. jonathan good is good for george zimmerman because he corroborates his story. he says he heard a tussle, goes outside and the person he describes as being on the bottom fits the description in terms of the clothing he was wearing of george zimmerman. he also said he saw a ground and pound meaning the person on the top was grounding and pounding which he modified saying he didn't see anything with 100% certainty. i have to say his testimony was contradicted the night before just last night. another neighbor said she saw man who fit the description of george zimmerman on top. you have all these other witnesses, residents on a dark and murky night seeing fragments. >> mow unusual is it for the p
martin? >> that's correct. >> did you go over to trayvon martin's location? >> i walked toward, yes. >> and how was trayvon martin's body positioned when you arrived? >> facedown, his hands were underneath the body. >> and to your knowledge, were you the first officer to approach trayvon martin? >> yes. >> all right. did you know whether or not he was dead or alive at that point? >> i did not. >> did you know what his involvement was at that point? >> i did not. >> did you give him any commands, trayvon martin? >> yes, i did. >> what command did you give him? >> i asked to see his hands. >> where were his hands when you asked to see them? >> undermanaged in him. >> he -- underneath him. >> he was lying on his stomach? >> correct. >> dr. trayvon martin respond physically in any way to your commands? >> no, he did not. >> did trayvon martin respond verbally in any way to your commands? >> no, he did not. >> did you see any movement from trayvon martin's body? >> i did not. >> did you hear any sounds from trayvon martin's body? >> i did not. >> did other sanford police department offic
was the last person to talk to trayvon martin. and 30 counts, including 17 that could result in the death penalty. the surviving suspect in the boston bombing indicted today by a federal jury. and the senate is on the verge of finally passing a bill to overhaul immigration laws. what are the odds it will get through the house and actually become the law of the land? >>> good afternoon, everyone. i'm jake tapper. welcome to "the lead." we begin with the national lead and things that touch on thorny events, racial events. in the trial of george zimmerman, all eyes were again on the prosecution's star witness, who spent more than five hours on the stand today. rachel jeantel says she was on the phone with trayvon martin just as his famed fight with zimmerman began. her testimony is critical for the state and the defense. the defense questioned her on claims she heard trayvon yell, "get off, get off" and he got her to back off claims that she heard martin get hit. >> so the last thing you heard was some kind of noise like something hitting somebody? >> trayvon got hit. trayvon got hit. >> you
trayvon martin was saying, you were paying more attention at this moment than you had been previously? >> yes, sir. >> and that you knew at this point that he had run and that he had lost the man, correct. >> yes, sir. yes, sir. >> and that his voice had changed. >> yes, sir. >> and you thought it was because he was tired from running? >> he sounded tired. >> you don't know how far he may have run. >> objection. >> overruled. it will not last time for that question. >> you don't know how far he had run. >> no, sir. >> and you have this conversation with him for a couple of minutes and then he says he sees the man again? >> yes, sir. >> and are you really paying attention now? >> i was really paying attention, sir. >> i am sorry? >> i had been paying attention, sir. been paying attention, sir. >> after you are talking to him on the phone, he seems out of breath for a couple of minutes. he says to you he sees the man again, and you pay particular attention now. >> i had been paying attention, sir, when i had called him back. >> so the answer is yes you were focusing on this? >> yes, sir
happened during and immediately after trayvon martin's deadly encounter with george zimmerman. one neighbor saw their struggle up close and provided testimony. was zimmerman or martin the aggressor. i'll speak with trayvon martin's stepmother. she says she lost a child she raised, the young man she calls not just a stepson but a son. >> i'm the one that took him to the football games. i'm the one that was there when he was sick. >> we'll hear more from her shortly. first, martin savidge. >> reporter: what jonathan good saw the night trayvon martin died goes to the heart of the zimmerman case. >> that night that you saw the person who you now know to be trayvon martin was on top, correct? >> correct. >> and he was the one who was raining blows down on the person on the bottom, george zimmerman, right? >> that's what it looked like. >> reporter: good lives in the subdivision where the shooting took place. he was watching from his patio about 15 to 20 feet away. zimmerman that night was wearing a red and blackjack et. market, a dark hooded sweatshirt. >> the color of clothing on top what did y
at the scene was trayvon martin's. one of the voices was his girlfriend who he was talking to right before he was killed. >>> and in washington today, history was once again written by the supreme court of the united states. >> an historic morning at the supreme court. >> the supreme court has just struck down the federal defense of marriage act. >>> california's ban, on recognizing same-sex marriage is dead. >> now, once again legal in the state of california. >> i feel jubilation, i feel fabulous. >> celebrations from the steps of the supreme court. has there been a bigger day for gay rights? >> a confrontation between gays and police at a bar called the stonewall inn. >> there is a law that says gay people can't be married. >> there is a law. >> every right to live a perverted life-style. >> president clinton has signed the bill that bans the government from recognizing same-sex marriages. >> victory for two who challenged the law that made sexual contact illegal between members of the same sex. >> our journey is not completed until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like everybody e
: piers, today was a day the courtroom was transferred back to the faithful night where trayvon martin, the 17-year-old, was killed by george zimmerman. that's not in contest. it's been said that george zimmerman killed the teen, but whether it was done in self-defense or murder. we've seen so many images from this story but the first time we've seen the images of trayvon martin himself laying dead on the ground. it was a shock to the courtroom and the jury, as well, to see just a young teen lying life less on the ground. they had tremendous impact and humanized up to now has been an argument between defense and prosecution. those images extremely powerful, piers? >> martin, what were the key points that came out from the evidence? it seemed to me one of them, there is no evidence apparently of dna on the gun. how significant could that be, of trayvon martin's dna i should say? >> there is an issue because there is talk there may have been a struggle over the weapon, and that at one point trayvon martin put his hand on the gun, reached for the gun. so to figure out whose dna, especiall
on the stand, a female friend of trayvon martin who was on the phone with him as the fatal confrontation began. from the initial questioning to the cross-examination ran the gamete. we're going show a lot of it tonight to you. a warning as well. some of the language was harsh in the courtroom. so if you would rather not hear it, we'll tell you when to turn the volume down. with that in mind, turn the volume down now, if you don't want to hear that language. here's randi kaye's report. >> reporter: rachel jeantel and trayvon martin were good friends. they had known each other since elementary. contrary to reports, they were only friends. >> you weren't in any way his girlfriend? >> no. >> reporter: the two reconnected just weeks before trayvon martin's death. on the night he died from the other end of the phone line, she was, in a sense, within earshot of the tragedy as it unfolded. that's why she's the state's star witness, the only one they think who can tell trayvon's side of the story. >> what was he complaining about? >> that a man kept watching him. >> reporter: it was clear from the star
by george zimmerman made in the months and years before he shot trayvon martin. calls to 911. the defense calls them irrelevant and prosecutors said it shows the state of mine. they are trying to paint him as a vigilante that has an ax to grinned. there is passionate enthusiastic desire to be a neighborhood watch captain. and the police department sniper who was a trainer a couple of years ago, not sure how that relates to mr. zimmerman and he took the stand a second going. a contentious argument before the court began dealing with race and prosecutors try to argue. and that isangry and frustrated watch captains and frustrated by the previous nine len calls they made about the suspicious neighborhoods. >> and they have nothing and now they are trying to present a stealth argument that we want you to believe he's bad because he was so good in the past he must be angry. >> no one is calling this evident. in fact, what is relevant about it is the fact that you can see he has again on prior occasions called the report suspicious people and knows how to do that and knows what not to do and the
when he saw trayvon martin walking through his gated community. >> there's a break-in in my neighborhood recently. >> can you describe the two males. >> two african-american males. >> white, black or hispanic? >> black. >> the prosecution saying seeing trayvon martin was the straw that broke the camel's back. heather: zimmerman is claiming self-defense. but if found guilty of second degree murder he faces a mandatory minimum of 25 years. and a $10,000 fine. we'll ask lis weihl and mark fuhrman which side appears to be scoring the most points with the jury so far. former south african president nelson mandela is on life support. he has spent weeks in the hospital. he has a lung infection. what is the latest on his condition? >> reporter: we are just outside the hospital where nelson mandela is being treated. the father of south africa. the first black president here literally fating for his life. we have confirmed according to one family member of the mandelas that he is on life support. we heard from a spokesman saying he's in very critical condition. so critical that the pr
death of florida teenager trayvon martin. >> ifill: and judy woodruff talks to two authors who are tracking the shift of power from washington, d.c., to the cities and states, launching a "metropolitan revolution." i think when you have coalitions of mayors, civic leaders, business leaders all coming together and showing that change can really happen on the ground, that is a powerful example for washington. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> bnsf railway. >> and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> bradley: it wasn't an outright endorsement of affirmative action nor an outright rejection. instead, the u.s. supreme court threaded its way between those positions today
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